Posada got right to work in the first inning, driving in the first two runs of the game with a bases-loaded single. Hideki Matsui followed with two-RBI double and the Yankees were immediately ahead 4-0. The catcher added a run-scoring fielder's choice during the Yanks' five-run fourth inning, then capped the scoring for the Bombers with a tremendous grand slam in the eighth inning that put the Yanks ahead 15-4.
The seven RBI were a career-high for Posada, and the grand slam was the sixth of his nine-year career in the major leagues.
The beneficiary of all of this run support was Andy Pettitte, who didn't have to work terribly hard for his 18th win of the season. Pettitte (18-8) lasted six innings and allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. He allowed four runs, but only two were earned thanks to a whopping four Yankee errors. Pettitte committed one himself that allowed a run to score in the third inning, and Nick Johnson had an astounding three errors – giving him five on the season – to produce one of the ugliest games in team history.
Johnson made up for his poor defensive play by mashing a solo home run in the second inning that temporarily gave the Yanks a 5-0 lead. Johnson also had a single and scored four runs.
The Yankees hammered Detroit's starter Gary Knotts (3-6) like there was no tomorrow. Knotts was charged with ten total runs – eight earned thanks to four errors on Detroit's part – on eight hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters.
Chris Hammond pitched the seventh and eighth innings scorelessly in relief, and Jorge DePaula made his second major-league appearance and allowed just a homerun to Bobby Higginson in the ninth.
Pettitte surpassed Mel Stottlemyre on the all-time Yankees' strikeout list. Pettitte is now fifth on the list.
Having won the first two games of the three-game series, the Yankees will look to complete the sweep on Thursday at 7:05 pm. Nate Cornejo (6-14, 4.40) will take the mound for the Tigers to face Roger Clemens (13-9, 4.18).
Holy Jorge! Posada's Seven RBI Lead Yanks To Win
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